Japan's Topix Surges to Highest in 30 Years as SoftBank Gains
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February 08 2021

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

Japan's Topix Surges to Highest in 30 Years as SoftBank Gains

This article by Shoko Oda and Komaki Ito for Bloomberg may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section:

With more than half of the results out in the latest reporting season, more than 68% of companies in the Topix have beaten expectations, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The Topix forward price-to-earnings ratio is now at 18 times, significantly higher than its five-year average of about 14 times.

Results from the current earnings cycle are pointing toward a major recovery next fiscal year, according to Frank Benzimra, Societe Generale’s head of Asia equity strategy. “Our thesis in Japan is that the market has been quite under-owned for some time, because there was not so much interest on earnings,” Benzimra told Bloomberg Television.

Eoin Treacy's view

Veteran investors will remember about fifteen years ago there was an argument that Japanese equities would always trade at a higher P/E because of idiosyncrasies with the market. That proved incorrect and valuations have contracted considerably. The market is now a lot more attractive for international investors in search of earnings growth.

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